Tribute to a dear friend

A HEARTBROKEN Belper man has helped organise a tribute event in memory of his best friend who died suddenly in his sleep.

John Sims, 38, of Yardley Way, said the death of Mark Jamison came completely “out of the blue”.

The 41-year-old driving instructor had no idea he was suffering from a rare heart condition and his family and friends were left devastated when he failed to wake up one Sunday morning in March.

It was later revealed that Holbrook-born Mark had died from idiopathic myocardial fibrosis — a disease of an uncertain origin that caused his heart to stop beating.

John said: “It was totally unexpected. He was a fit guy who played squash and went to the gym.

“I am still in a state of shock about it now. I feel like he has gone on holiday for a while and he is due to come back any moment.”

Mark, of Somercotes, had held music events with his friends in the past — and he was keen to hold another one.

John said: “I had to keep knocking him back because I had started a family.”

Now John, alongside two other friends, have set up the Mark Jamison Tribute Night at the Sun Lounge in Derby. The 14-hour marathon starts at 1pm this Saturday, July 9 and finishes at 3am on Sunday.

It will raise money for the British Heart Foundation and feature DJs, a raffle, jugglers, fire-eaters and a barbecue.

Anyone can go along. There will be a minimum donation of £2 on the door to get in.